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Our Kitchen Hierarchy

Travis and I really enjoy cooking together, mostly because I don’t like to be in the kitchen by myself and Travis likes to cook. It’s a win-win! We also love watching cooking shows so lately I have been thinking about what roles we would have if we ran a restaurant together. Here’s what it turned into to:

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Homemade Granola



Once school starts in January, it doesn’t calm down until spring break (which is weeks away). There is outreach, softball tournaments, field and track day, Valentine’s Day…Last weekend, I skipped out on going to Trav’s softball game to have to little breather for myself. I have discovered that if allowed I would stay at home everyday all day! My goals were to clean up and finally master a batch of granola. Recipes that call for health food items are complicated here and getting those items take a lot more work, so I was looking for a recipe that was simple and used stuff I could get easily. Thank you downstairs neighbor, Mary! I got her recipe, but burnt it both times I tried to make it. This time though, armed with some new knowledge from the blog smitten kitchen, I succeeded and enjoyed a deliciously tasting granola for the rest of the week.

Here is the recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put 3-4 cups of oatmeal into a bowl.

To make a total of five cups of dry ingredients you can add: peanuts, coconut, shredded apple, cinnamon (I added quite a bit of cinnamon).

Add 1/2 or 1/3 cup honey and 1/2 or 1/3 cup oil.

Mix together. Bake for 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.

Add raisins or other dried fruit after it comes out of the oven.

Smitten Kitchen Tricks:

– after the first 15 minutes, check every 5 minutes on the granola to make sure it doesn’t burn.

– store it in the freezer to keep it fresh and crunchy.

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10 Words

In 5 days the first semester will be over and Christmas vacation will start. At the end of the semester, I always look back and think about what has happened. So here are ten words to describe our semester:


1. Challenging– Travis and I are still relatively new teachers and continuing to work on becoming better. Teaching is always a challenging occupation, especially if you want to do it well.

2. Unexpected– We had an unexpected trip to Spain. I had an unexpected ankle problem. An unexpected pet bird. You get the picture…

3. Sports– Travis and I both coached. Travis played handball, softball, and spike ball. We also both played in a volleyball league.

4. Noisy– There is a building being built right behind ours and there is a lot of banging.


5. Communication– Travis and I continued to try and stay connected to our families and friends, even though we are far away.

6. Yummy– Cooking continues to be a fun and important part of our relationship.

7. Meetings– We are working on our accreditation renewal that is coming up so there have been quite a few meetings.

8. Blessed– We are continually made aware of how blessed we are.

9. StudentsThe reason that we are in Dakar. 

10. Dakar– This word refers to all the great and not so great stuff that have to do with living here like water cuts and the heat, but also the school and the people we have met.

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